10 Steps To Putting Your Dream To The Test (Part 1)

In this particular post I speak on Putting Your Dream to The Test.  Being 3 months into the New Year, I think it’s a good time for a gut check to see if we are on track in turning that resolution, that dream, into reality.  In being part of the John Maxwell team, this is a curriculum that I’m certified to teach from the amazing book Put Your Dream To The Test by John C. Maxwell.  I thought it would be great to share a few nuggets.

Put Your Plan Into Action

In teaching this the #1 piece of feedback I have received is this:  People realized after Step 1 – The Ownership Question, that their dream really never was their dream to begin with.  People sometimes allow past hurts, the media or even caring family members tell them what their dream should be.

So let’s get right to it, what are the 10 Steps that provide proof that your dream is up to snuff:

1.      The Ownership Question – Is My Dream Really My Dream

  • You must own it.  The true “litmus” test of whether your dream is really your dream is the fact that when it’s your dream, your passion is ignited to accomplish it.
  • There is no amount of “No’s” that will deter you from reaching a dream that you own.
  • No amount of time between devising it and seeing the reality matters when you own it.

2.     The Clarity Question – Do I Cleary See My Dream

  • A quote by Michael Hyatt out of the book says it all:  “If you have a clear vision, you will eventually attract the right strategy.  If you don’t have a clear vision, no strategy will save you.”

3.     The Reality Question – Am I Depending On Factors Within My Control To  Achieve My Dream

  • In pursuing your dream you must reserve the right to have reality checks along the way.  If your dream is dependent on too many factors outside of your control then it inhibits accomplishment and most likely is more a fantasy than a dream.
  • Make sure the dream caters more to your strengths than your weaknesses.

4.     The Passion Question – Does My Dream Compel Me To Follow It

  • Passion is considered the emotional currency that propels you to follow your vision.  Passion will translate into what I call “stick-to-it-tive-ness” (Say that fast five times  ) in chasing your dream.

5.     The Pathway Question – Do I Have A Strategy To Reach My Dream?

John crafted an easy to implement plan called S.E.C.U.R.E. to assist in crafting your strategy:

S State All Your Positions.  Write down where you are, where you want to be and then start figuring out the pathway that lies between.

E – Examine all your actions – Consistently do something towards achieving the dream.  The point is to do something, execute.

 CConsider all your options– As you are traveling down the road in reaching your dream, sometimes it is necessary to revise yourstrategy…that doesn’t mean revising your dream.

 UUtilize all your resources – Surround yourself with the resources (technology, experts in the field) to assist in pursuing your dream.  Reality check:  If you are trying to accomplish the dream by yourself, your chances of success are drastically reduced.

 RRemove all your non-essentials – Remember this:  Success doesn’t come without sacrifice.  Write down what you are going to have to give up in order to pursue your dream.  That could be “easily” giving up that extra 30 minutes of sleep in order to go work out towards your fitness goals.

 EEmbrace all your challenges – Every challenge in your journey must be met with unshakeable resolve.  Every challenge must be dealtwith a mindset of how can I learn from it and do I need to alter my plan (not your dream) to remove the challenge altogether.

Question:  For those with New Year’s resolutions, how is it going at 3 months in?

 My next blog will touch on the next 5 steps and how my 2-year old son was the result of my wife and I being unwilling to give up on our dream of having another child.

If you are interested in purchasing John Maxwell’s book:  Put Your Dream To The Test, you can order via the following link on my website: http://tinyurl.com/ce6j8vd  

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